PENTECOST (Boyd)

Composer: William Boyd

William Boyd was born in 184 in Mon­te­go Bay, Ja­mai­ca. He stu­died un­der Sa­bine Bar­ing Gould, and at­tend­ed Wor­cest­er Coll­ege, Ox­ford. He was or­dained an Ang­li­can priest in 1877, and event­u­al­ly be­came Vi­car at All Saints Church in Nor­folk Square, Lon­don (1893-1918). He died on Feb­ru­a­ry 16, 1928 in Lon­don, Eng­land. See more at http://www.hymntime.com/tch/bio/b/o/y/boyd_w.htm  Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: William Boyd (1868)
Meter: 8.8.8.8
Incipit: 33333 21433 33221
Key: G Major or modal

Notes

William Boyd (b. Montego Bay, Jamaica, 1847; d. Paddington, England, 1928) composed PENTECOST in 1864 for the hymn text "Come, Holy Ghost, Our Souls Inspire"; it was published in 1868 in Thirty-Two Hymn Tunes Composed by Members of the University of Oxford. The name PENTECOST derives from the subject matter of that hymn text. Boyd was educated at Hurstpierpoint, where the hymn writer Sabine Baring-Gould (PHH 522) was one of his teachers, and at Worcester College, Oxford. He was ordained in the Church of England and served the Church of All Saints, Norfolk Square, London, from 1893-1918.

The tune PENTECOST was retained from the 1959 Psalter Hymnal, though Dewey Westra originally versified Mary's song for the tune DUKE STREET (412). The humble, meditative character of PENTECOST stands in contrast to the spirit of rejoicing found in DUKE STREET and the settings at 478 and 622. The text can also be sung to PUER NOBIS (327). A simple chant-like tune with a range of only five tones in the melody, PENTECOST is one of the "generic" Victorian tunes of its time (see also QUEBEC, 141, 307; ST. CRISPIN, 276; MORECAMBE 419; and MARYTON, 573). Sing it in harmony, perhaps unaccompanied, but with a firm pulse and not too slowly.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

Media

Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #394
  • Four-part harmony, full-score (PDF, NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #1528
Text: Fight the Good Fight with All Thy Might
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #1937
Text: Go, Labor On: Spend, and Be Spent
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #3520
Text: Keep Thyself Pure
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #4036
Text: Let There Be Light, Lord God of Hosts
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #4227
Text: My God, in Whom Are All the Springs
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #4934
Text: O God, Whom I Delight to Praise
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #8191
Text: Great God! Did Pious Abram Pray?
  • PDF (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer Score (NWC, NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #9592
Text: Great God, Let All My Tuneful Powers
  • PDF (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer Score (NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #10800
Text: In What Confusion Earth Appears!
  • PDF (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer Score (NWC)
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #212
Text: Song of Mary
  • Full Score (PDF, XML)
  • Bulletin Score (PDF)
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)

Instances

Instances (1 - 30 of 30)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #503
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #394ScoreAudio
Common Praise (1998) #503Page Scan
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #489Text InfoFlexScoreAudio
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #552TextFlexScorePage Scan
Hymns of Faith #480TextFlexScorePage Scan
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #383FlexScoreAudio
Praise! Our Songs and Hymns #458Page Scan
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #499
Protestant Madagascar Hymnal, 2001 #148
Psalms for All Seasons: a complete Psalter for worship #1019
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #212Text InfoTune InfoScoreAudio
Secular Hymnal: 144 hymn tunes made inclusive for all #95TextPage Scan
Small Church Music #881Audio
Soul-stirring Songs & Hymns (Rev. ed.) #381
The Cyber Hymnal #1528TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #1937TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #3520TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #4036TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #4227TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #4934TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #8191TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #9592TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #10800TextScoreAudio
The Faith We Sing #2247FlexScore
The New Century Hymnal #328
The New Century Hymnal #589TextPage Scan
The New National Baptist Hymnal #366
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #584TextPage Scan
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #674Text
Include 89 pre-1979 instances



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